Security and privacy

18 NGOs file an intervention before France’s highest court on dangers of the "right to be forgotten"
18 NGOs file an intervention before France’s highest court on dangers of the "right to be forgotten" 19 April 2017

Today, 18 expert non-governmental organisations from across the world have filed legal submissions before France’s highest court, the Council of State (Conseil d’État), raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority, la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (“CNIL”), on the “right to be forgotten”. In 2014, CNIL ordered Google to remove 21 links from the results of an internet search on the name of a French citizen wh...

Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza
Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza 17 March 2017

After a series of missed messages and calls, two individuals - neither located in the "global North" - found their way around ticking time zones to finally speak to each other. We had to drop trying to coordinate via UTC (Universal Time Converter which is basically the time in UK) and I had to learn what is EAT - East Africa Time, and Helen Nyinakiiza had to learn about Indian Standard Time. Finally when we spoke, Helen was perched on top of a jeep to get good connectivity on her ph...

HRC 34: Oral statement delivered by APC during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children
HRC 34: Oral statement delivered by APC during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children 08 March 2017

Oral statement delivered by APC under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children UN Human Rights Council 34th Session 8 March, 2017 Delivered by Deborah Brown Association for Progressive Communications Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the o...

Cybersecurity policies and human rights perspectives at the Internet Freedom Festival
Cybersecurity policies and human rights perspectives at the Internet Freedom Festival 08 March 2017 Leila Nachawati Rego

The Internet Freedom Festival, which takes place in Valencia, Spain on a yearly basis, has become one of the main events for civil society to gather around issues of surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. Hundreds of activists, journalists and members of the technical community get together to explore trends, challenges and strategies. At this 2017 edition, APC is fully supporti...

Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders
Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders 17 February 2017 Various

In a joint letter sent to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, and UN experts, a group of organisations urged these authorities to investigate reports that the United States is demanding that visitors provide access to their electronic devic...

Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders
Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders 16 February 2017 Various

In a joint letter sent to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, and UN experts, a group of organisations urged these authorities to investigate reports that the United States is demanding that visitors provide access to their electronic devic...

SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa
SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa 31 January 2017

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While they engage globally, Lebanon is their home, making Arab society and culture their primary context for action. APCNews interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of SMEX, which just joined the APC network. APC...

Online privacy through a gendered lens in Bangladesh
Online privacy through a gendered lens in Bangladesh 13 January 2017 Farhana Akter

The ever-growing advancement of information technology is not without perils. Online privacy has been at stake for a while now and the protection of personal information is under attack. We no longer have control over our private data. It is now a commodity up for sale to the highest bidders. And a repository for the state actors who are suspiciously going through it to determine if we can be t...

FLOSS development is a best practice in cybersecurity
FLOSS development is a best practice in cybersecurity 09 January 2017 Mallory Knodel

I participated in the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico last month in December 2016. My topic of focus for the sessions in which I participated and attended was on bringing a human rights perspective to cybersecurity through multistakeholder mechanisms. One of the spaces for solid dialogue on this topic was one of the four IGF Best Practice Forums, the Cybersecurity B...

New report analyses DDoS attacks against Black Lives Matter website
New report analyses DDoS attacks against Black Lives Matter website 19 December 2016 eQualit.ie

Black Lives Matter is a key movement in the response against police abuse, brutality and misconduct. Since 15 April 2016, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) website has been protected by Deflect, a program made available by Canadian APC member organisation eQualit.ie, following a spate of distributed denial of service (DDoS) and hacking attacks. Deflect is a website security project laying the ground...

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